Lucia Tallová (1985) has for some years already belonged to one of distincitve figures on Slovak contemporary art scene. Acknowledged by a pecular painting style, characteristic motif of sentimental landscape, monochromatic colour and precise technique. She had very quickly found her place almost the outstanding figures of Slovak visual art scene. After finishing high school education at Jozef Vydra School of applied arts in Bratislava, she continued to study in studio of prof. Ivan Csudai, akad.mal. at Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava (2005-2011) graduating with a masters degree. Young painter developed an extraordinary and specific painting style through the years of study as well as over her ongoing creative career, thanks to which she is recognizable in the pleiad of young Slovak painting, to professionals and even to laics at the first sight. Within the present accomplishment honored with multiple awards (TATRA Banka Art award 2016, Strabag Artaward International 2010, VUB Trust – Painting of the Year 2013) and she exhibited a respectable number of solo shows (Prague, Bratislava, Vienna, Ostrava, Hongkong,..)
Complex cycle of paintings, collages and objects with an overlap to painting. The title of the exhibition casts a hint to an unclear situation which had already happend or is about to cave in. It slowly immerses us to a story. Smoke, dust, flying ash, stoic peace, a stormy sky, empty city, spilled out water-table, symbols of the apocalyps... Unman architecture, horizons in contrast, play of perspectives, freezing nothingness. Neverending black and white landscapes intersecting with the dramatic vault and creating a mysterious tention before the storm. Lucia ́s paintings are a time-laps of nostalgic landscapes which are seizing to listen to an unspoken lyrical tale. Dynamic abstract watercolor sections alternate with realistic architecture and fragments of romantic lace depicted just in a touch like a recognized raster giving the required depth to space. Lucia ́s advancement in monochroma is visible when looking at the custardy pink horizons which underline the feminity and sweetness of nostalgic memories even stronger. Multiplied by application of old family photographs, they create rather personal archive of author ́s ficitive memories of places which she had never visited. Rythm of static lands is emphasized with changing formats just like particular themes they describe, from widescreen views of the landscape to ́ ́zoomed ́ ́ cut-outs of the stormy clouds or spilled water level. We are gradually getting along from intimate minimalistic collages to wide scale plane where the black flowing parts shift to white rythmic pauses. In playing with perspective, layering and finding surprising depth in pieces, achieved in fold of the layers flashing in various definition, just like watching an unclear land through an objective of a camera. Particles of burnt paper emerging from the canvas, black leakage, ribbons, pools of colour, spilled paper, are parts of a natural progress regards to last decorative elements of lace, rose, perl or a tear – apparent refences to feminity, romanticism and sentiment, so typical of Lucia. A new dimension in Lucia ́s making is movement to space, even though the painting remains predominant to every other displayed aspects, from photographic colage to atypic objects of painting and video-evoking moving cut-out from a seaside photography. Clear scenography, repeting themes and decorational elements are bordering the pure aestethics of contemporary design and moving the author ́s series to a new posture in expression. From industrial land and predominant urbanism, Lucia is slowly moving towards natural sceneries inspired by monumentality of endless ocean. Apocalyptic scenes of unman land showing a harbor, a hangar, lighthouses slowly sinking into the ocean which will swallow them up in while. We are found in a kind of intermission in an ongoing story with blurry beginning and end.
23. 11. 1985 in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Lives and works in Bratislava.
2005 - 2011 Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava,
Department of Painting and Other Media, studio of Prof. I. Csudai
2001 - 2005 Secondary School of Applied Arts and Design in Bratislava,
Department of Sculpture and stonecarving
2016 - TATRA BANKA Foundation Art award - Young artist
2015 - NOVUM Foundation Award, finalist
2013 - Painting 2013 VUB Foundation Award to Young Artists for Painting - 1st place, Slovakia
2012 - One-year grant for fine art graduates, Revolving grant system Artservis, Slovakia
2010 - Strabag International Artaward 2010 - winner of recognition, Austria
2014 - Regular Line Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California / 4th July 2014 - 21th July 2014
2011 - Strabag Artstudio, Vienna, Austria / 1th August 2011 - 30th November 2011
Selected solo exhibitions
2016 - Archive of fictional memories, Synagogue, Stupava
2016 - Before the beginning after the end, Kasarne , Kulturpark, Košice, Slovakia
2016 - Flowers and sea, Levoča City Gallery, Levoča, Slovakia
2015 - Sea, Nevan Contempo Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
2015 - Devoid Places, Nitra Gallery, Nitra, Slovakia
2015 - Black Roses, SODA gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia
2014 - Dear Darkness, Schemnitz Gallery, Banská Štiavnica, Slovakia
2014 - She does not know how much strength she needs to overcome herself, Magna Gallery, Piestany, Slovakia
2014 - Tears By The Black Pearl Revives, Vernon Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
2014 - Skydivers, brides & wheels, Chimera - Project, Budapest, Hungary
2014 - Porcelain Roses Gallery Danube, Bratislava, Slovakia
2013 - Paper Stories, Artotéka Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia
2013 - My Tears Have Turned to Snow, INDUSTRIAL Gallery, Ostrava, Czech Republic
2012 - Does not stop, Gallery of MA Bazovský Trenčín, Slovakia
2011 - Schwarzer Regen, HotDock Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia
2011 - Bitter Sweet, SODA gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia
2011 - Blur minds, clear sights, Záriečie Station, Žilina, Slovakia
2011 - I can not sleep again, Galeria House of Journalists, Bratislava, Slovakia
2010 - Hidden grace of black stories, Strabag Kunstforum, Vienna, Austria
2009 - Sweet City Gallery of Ján Koniarek, Club 3, Trnava, Slovakia
2009 - Tallová Lucia, Grand opening SODA, SODA gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia
Selected group exhibitions
2016 - Polite girls are not looking, Galérii Baníckeho múzea v Rožňave, Rožňava, Slovakia
2015 - RESERVED FOR FUTURE, The Orava Gallery, Dolny Kubín, Slovakia
2015 - 50 Years Young!, TheNitra Gallery, Nitra, Slovakia
2015 - 10 Years of Painting, VÚB Fundation, Castle of Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovakia
2015 - A Touch of California, Platform 1-12, Topoľčany, Slovakia
2014 - Vis-à-vis, ECOAR gallery, Vienna, Austria
2014 - One Step Forward Vol.3, INDUSTRIAL Gallery, Ostrava, Czech Republic
2014 - I CAME, I SAW, ... Apricity Gallery, Santa Cruz, California, USA
2014 - Young Slovak Art Show, 4th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Moscow, Russia
2014 - Darker than Black, SODA gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia
2014 - Poetics of the periphery, Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava, Slovakia
2013 - Home sweet home, SODA gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia
2013 - Painting 2013, Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia
2013 - One Step Forward Vol.2, The Brno House of Arts, The House of the Lords of Kunštát, Brno, Czech Republic
2013 - PANEL STORY, Bratislava City Gallery, Palffy Palace, Bratislava, Slovakia
2012 - Trauch Dich Kunst, Kuchling Galerie, Berlin, Germany
2012 - Indefinite Scenery, Medium Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia
2012 - 6th Zlín Youth Salon 2012, the Regional Gallery of Fine Arts in Zlín, Zlín, Czech Republic
2012 - Indefinite Scenery, Gallery of MA Bazovský, Trenčín, Slovakia
2012 - As You Do not Know Them, Youth Gallery - Nitra Gallery, Nitra, Slovakia
2012 - Back to the Real Photoport, Bratislava, Slovakia
2011 - Consistent, Orava Gallery, Dolny Kubin, Slovakia
2011 - Exhibition of Diploma works 2011 The House of Arts Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovakia
2010 - Painting 2010, the Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia
2010 - INTER-VIEW, Nitra Gallery, Nitra, Slovakia
2010 - Fragile Eternity, Ateliers Pro Arts, Budapest, Hungary
2010 - ART NOW, barracks Kulturpark, Košice, Slovakia
2010 - Exhibition of the prize winning works, Strabag Kunstforum, Vienna, Austria
2010 - One Step Forward, Medium Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia
2010 - Parallels, Barcsay Hall, Academy of Fine Arts Budapest Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
2009 - PRAGUE !!! Gallery Start, Uhonice Studio, Prague, Czech Republic
2008 - Academy of Fine Arts / Applied Arts, Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in PragueGallery, Prague, Czech Republic
Németh, Jana: She controls the time with her feelings, In: Daily N, special issue with illustrations by Lucia Tallova, 09. 12. 2015
Geržová, Barbora: Fifty Contemporary Artist in Slovakia. Bratislava: Slovart, 2014, p. 186-189
Slaninová, Katarína: Feminine worrying (About work of Lucia Tallová). In: Glosolália 2014, issue 2,
p. 1 – 4.
Lalinsky, Michal: Lucia Tallová. In: Inspire, issue 71, Spring 2014, p. 42 – 43.
Miklošková, Lucia, Štrbáková, Lucia: Panel Story, catalog of Rastislav Matuštík grant for yang curator 2009 – 2013. Bratislava: Bratislava City Gallery 2013, p. 22 – 29.
Németh, Jana.: Paints empty landscape full of feelings. In: SME, 07. 12. 2013, p. 02 – 03.
Kusá, Alexandra: Painting 2013, VUB Foundation
Award to Young Artists for Painting, exhibition catalogue. Bratislava: Nedbalka Gallery 2013
Čúzyová (L.), Silvia.: Subtle confession with hidden potential. In: Profil 2013, issue 2,
p. 36 – 59.
Čarná, Daniela: Lucia Tallová, 6th Zlín Youth Salon 2012, exhibition catalogue. Zlín: Regional Gallery of Fine Arts in Zlín 2012, p. 42 – 43.
Geržová, Barbora: Interview, exhibition catalogue. Nitra: Nitra Gallery 2010,
p. 100 – 103.
Kusá, Alexandra: 2010, VUB Foundation Award to
Young Artists for Painting, exhibition
catalogue. Bratislava: Slovak National Gallery 2010
Tallová, Lucia: Strabag Artaward International 2010, catalogue of awarded artists, Wien: Strabag Kunstforum, 2010, p. 44 – 49.